Oct 27, 2016 · ADHD is a Real Medical Issue. But Don’t Ignore the Bigger Picture. As a therapist who specializes in treating trauma and addiction, I’m conservative about medication until there is a clear-cut diagnosis. So if you, your child, or a child or adult you know, has been diagnosed with ADHD, please get a differential diagnosis in order to ensure that ADHD medication is, in fact, the right route forward. Sometimes, going through a traumatic event can cause real attention problems. But trauma and ADHD can be confused in diagnosis because the symptoms of trauma mimic those of ADHD. Author: Angela Nelson.
What ADHD and Trauma Symptoms Have in Common. Both ADHD and PTSD can manifest the following symptoms: Anxiety and hyperawareness or hyperarousal; Emotional sensitivity and reactivity; Sleeping problems; Depression, hopelessness, and low self-esteem; Difficulty concentrating, likely due to inattentiveness in ADHD or traumatic dissociation; In addition, both ADHD and trauma can cause problems . In fact, Dr Hallowell believes most ADHD adults have a mild form of PTSD because if left unmanaged ADD can mean repeated traumas, humiliation, rejection and failures. ADHD and PTSD can look similar, so check this article out. As it explains the similarities and differences of the 2 conditions.
ADHD causes impulsivity in most people diagnosed with it, but trauma can also cause a person to engage in risky behaviors. Social challenges. Both ADHD and PTSD can lead to social difficulties, such as troubled relationships and isolation. Hyperactivity and outbursts. Hyperactivity is characteristic of ADHD, which can look like emotional outbursts to onlookers.Author: Mary Ellen Ellis. ADHD is often erroneously diagnosed in adopted children. Early or preverbal trauma will manifest as hyperactive or distracted behavior but the process is very different from ADHD. The problem is therapists making their diagnosis on observable behavior with no regard to .